Area: 198,500 sq km
Central Asian state in Tien Shan mountain range bordering on China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Most land area is mountainous.
Population: 5,550,239 Annual Growth: 1.23%
Official language: Krgyz; Russian Languages: 32 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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The economic situation affects all. The poor, the elderly and the disabled suffer the most. Pray that local Christians might find gainful, legal employment; micro-enterprises are making a difference in this area. There is a large-scale movement of people from rural to urban areas in order to find work, creating a growing underclass of slum dwellers in Bishkek. Large numbers leave Kyrgyzstan to find work in Kazakhstan and Russia. High rates of alcoholism, corruption, international drug trafficking, gambling, prostitution and unemployment are all huge challenges; pray that believers can address these and have a transformational effect on society and the economy.
The less evangelized for prayer:
a) The rural and semi-nomadic pastoralist Kyrgyz who usually live in more remote villages. Few have heard of Christ, and the majority of the nations unreached live in rural areas.
b) The Fergana Valley in the south is shared with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The Tajik and large Uzbek minorities (770,000 combined) are mostly unreached. This is where Islamic insurgents flow in across the borders and where Islam is more strident. The few successful church plants here are meeting significant opposition.
c) The Dungan are descendants of Chinese Muslim refugees who speak Chinese but use a Cyrillic alphabet. In 2000, a significant multi-agency effort to reach them began.
d) The many smaller ethnicities blanketing the country who have little to no specific outreach: Tatars, Chinese, Uyghur, Jews and many others.
For an additional 6 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Kyrgyzstan.